Although dolls are among the most popular toys among kids, there aren’y too many dolls available for differently-abled children that have unique medical conditions and look different than other children.
Clare Tawell is a 39-year-old British mom of two that realized this and decided to solve the issue. She created Bright Ears UK, a nonprofit that modifies baby dolls to match children with different medical conditions. Her biggest inspiration has been her own 4-year-old daughter Matilda, who is deaf.
She told Today that she was really disappointed when she couldn’t find a doll, or any toy for that matter with hearing aids. She felt that society didn’t deem Matilda and kids like her important, and therefore not acknowledged.
Clare works on the dolls during her free time, and her goal is for every child with disabilities to be able to play with toys just like them. She also hopes to empower children, and she promotes inclusiveness with her unique and handmade dolls.